Thursday, December 17, 2009

Teacher Gift Idea ~ Close Encounters of the Third-Grade Kind

My youngest is in 3rd grade this year, so when I was asked to review Close Encounters of the Third-Grade Kind: Thoughts on Teacherhood, I was pretty excited.  Plus I had already heard what a great book it was.

Once again, author and veteran California school teacher Done (32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny: Life Lessons from Teaching) shares his unique, joyful view of childhood with gentle humor and penetrating insight. Going through the school year month by month, Done offers humorous vignettes, student profiles and phenomena unique to the third grade, peppered with memories of Done's own childhood, which only get better as the book goes on. Done's style is straightforward and fast-paced, expertly recreating his adventures as the sole adult in a room of eight-year-olds. Culled from decades of experience, Done's text illuminates the enormous commitment and generous humor needed to get through 25 years of teaching ("After learning their names, I gave them the Keep Your Zippers Up Speech in my best Judge Wapner voice"). Alongside dry wit, Done also delivers heartbreak and wisdom relevant to anyone with memories of a childhood classroom.

This book was such a wonderful read.  It would make such a fun book to give to your childs teacher.  A bit of a different present, that any teacher is sure to enjoy! 

If you aren't in a rush for Christmas, Pick up a copy of Close Encounters of the Third-Grade Kind: Thoughts on Teacherhood at my affiliate Amazon.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Stocking Stuffer for Men ~ Swerve Razor Review & Giveaway

Are you looking for a great stocking stuffer for the guy in your life?  I found one that is practical and fun.  It is called The Swerve.

The Swerve is a new type of razor that was primarily created for men to shave the back of their neck area.  It fits right in the palm of your hand for the control you are looking for.  It has an ergonomic design as well for comfort and ease of use.  The Swerve will allow you to get the close, clean shave you are looking for on any part of your body.  The best thing is you can do it yourself.  

Now my hubby will not be bothering me to help me shave his neck, I love that!  My husband tried it out and he likes it a lot.  He said it was very easy to use, and it gave him a close shave.  Sorry readers, he would not allow pictures, lol.

Another benefit, the Triple action blade and lubricating strip ensure a smooth, clean shave.

The Swerve contains a triple-action blade for swift cutting precision and a lubricating strip designed to help the Swerve glide smoothly along the contours of your body. Use the Swerve weekly to keep your swerve appeal. Replace it every four-six weeks or when the blade begins to dull.  The Swerve comes in a unique, flexible storage tube making it a great travel companion.

If you don't have a man in your life that will get use out the of The Swerve, don't fret.  Many people are using it for different areas of the body including women.  For more info check out the website at

 The co-founder, Brian has been in contact with me and he is willing to send one single pack of the Swerve to one of my readers!  Just head over the website, read a bit about it.  Then come back here and tell me why you want to win.  Will you use it or will give it to someone else?

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 Contest will run until 11:59pm on December 28th

Disclaimer ~ I was sent one single pack for review. I was not compensated for this review.  Opinions are mine and my husbands.  Thanks for reading.

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